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    24 Books That Are Straightforward About Mental Illness

    Because sometimes it's hard to explain or understand on your own.

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    1. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

    2. After Birth by Elisa Albert

    3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

    4. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

    5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

    6. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

    7. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

    8. A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee

    9. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

    10. Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey

    11. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

    12. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    13. Willow Weep for Me by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

    14. Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman

    15. After a While You Just Get Used To It by Gwendolyn Knapp

    16. Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey

    17. Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul Mason

    18. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

    19. Don't Panic by R. Reid Wilson, PhD


    This self-help book demystifies panic and anxiety, and helps reduce (and possibly eliminate!) attacks. For anyone who struggles with panic attacks, it's a way to take control back in your life.

    20. Just Checking: Scenes From the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive by Emily Colas

    Washington Square Press

    Colas's memoir will be immediately recognizable to anyone who falls on the OCD spectrum. It's honest, but not so heavy that Colas is unable to poke fun at herself, and it somehow manages to be both specific enough to speak to those who also live with OCD and accessible enough that those who don't can read it for a clearer understanding.

    21. Lit by Mary Karr

    22. Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland

    23. Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans by Alvin Poussaint and Amy Alexander

    Beacon Press

    Dr. Poussaint's book offers a clinical examination of the dissonance between black America and the predominantly white healthcare industry. With journalist Amy Alexander, Poussaint investigates the historical, cultural, and political factors that keep black citizens from seeking help.

    24. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh